Saturday, October 21, 2017

What is on the Reading Radar #WishList #TBR

What am I doing? Working on Bespoken (that is going to a theme for the next several weeks.) I worked a little bit on Constant and have gotten nowhere on the next Valespian Pact flash fiction. For the last part, I will probably change the MC of the flash fiction from Ariafella to Axis. Let's see if that frees up my mind.

I have a couple of books on my reading wish list...

Title: Bomosexual
Author(s): Daryl Banner
Length: 668 pages

Genre: Romance / Gay / Contemporary / Friends to Lovers /

Note: So I read this yesterday and really liked it. It's sweet and funny with low angst. I would definitely reread it. It made me happy.

Blurb: Stefan Baker, my former best friend and bro, is straight, gorgeous, and cocky as hell. And he's about to ruin my life.

With his backwards cap, lopsided grin, and ripped bod gifted from the gods, he struts around town like he owns it.

But I won’t let him own me, no matter how hot he's gotten over the past eight years since he went off to become a pro baseball player in the major leagues - and since we had our brutal falling out and everything fell apart.

When a hard night lands him at my front doorstep - desperately in need of a place to stay - I get one look into those fierce blue eyes of his ... and realize our story is far from over.

My former "bro" and I are about to define a whole new term for the steamy, beautiful mess that's destined to happen between the two of us.

* This is a stand-alone, angsty, slow-burn M/M romance with a guaranteed HEA and no cheating.

Title: The Stone
Series: (Lockstone Book 1)
Author(s): Seb L. Carter
Length: 485 pages

Genre: Romantic Elements / Gay / Urban Fantasy / 


Blurb: A stone holds an ancient secret—and the key to present-day terror.

A murder-suicide was only the beginning.

Seven years ago, Liam’s father picked up a gun, killed his family then himself. Liam was left behind to carry the burden and the guilt.

Now Liam only wants to finish college and live a normal life. But when he is handed a stone, a stone that appears plain, he is catapulted into an unknown world of mystery and magic…

…and mayhem.

A CIA agent finds himself a part of something with more secrets than the government he works for.

Patrick possesses a psychic ability to find people. Coerced to find Liam, their first meeting reawakens an ancient connection. Together, they find themselves in the midst of a culling, the destruction of a secret society formed millennia ago.

Destiny unites a group of strangers to face an antediluvian evil that has the world as its prize.

The Stone is a 142,000-word paranormal, urban fantasy adventure that involves a secret agent, a law man, and a gay guy who becomes a hero.

This novel features an LGBT relationship with a low-heat romantic subplot.

Title: Off the Beaten Path
Author(s): Cari Z.
Length: 202 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / 


Blurb: When Ward Johannsen’s little girl Ava shifted into a werewolf, she was taken into custody by the feds and shipped off to the nearest pack, all ties between father and daughter severed. Ward burned every bridge he had discovering her location, and then almost froze to death in the Colorado mountains tracking her new pack down. And that’s just the beginning of his struggle.

Henry Dormer is an alpha werewolf and an elite black ops soldier who failed his last mission. He returns home, hoping for some time to recuperate and help settle the pack’s newest member, a little pup named Ava who can’t shift back to her human form. Instead he meets Ward, who refuses to leave his daughter without a fight. The two men are as different as night and day, but their respect for each other strikes a spark of mutual interest that quickly grows into a flame. They might find something special together—love, passion, and even a family—if they can survive trigger-happy pack guardians, violent werewolf politics, and meddling government agencies that are just as likely to get their alpha soldiers killed as bring them home safely.

Title: Ante Up
Author(s): Kim Fielding
Length: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Vampires / 

Note: releases Nov 15th

Blurb: Love is a high-stakes game.

A century and a half ago, Ante Novak died on a Croatian battlefield—and rose three days later as a vampire. Now he haunts Las Vegas, stealing blood and money from drunken gamblers and staying on the fringe of the powerful vampire organization known as the Shadows. His existence feels empty and meaningless until he meets beautiful Peter Gehrardi, who can influence others with his thoughts.

An attraction flares instantly, bringing a semblance of life to Ante’s dead heart. But the Shadows want Peter too, and they’re willing to kill to get him. As Ante and Peter flee, they learn more about themselves and each other, and they discover that the world is a stranger place than either of them imagined. With enemies at their heels and old mistakes coming back to exact a price, how can Ante and Peter find sanctuary?

Title: Apocalypse Alley
Author(s): Don Allmon
Length: 182 pages
Publisher: Riptide

Genre: Romance / Gay / Dystopia / 

Note: Whoops! Not out until Feb 2018

Blurb: Home from a six-month assignment to war-torn East Asia, genetically engineered supersoldier Noah "Comet" Wu just wants to kick back, share a beer, and talk shit with his best friend, JT. But JT's home has been shot up like a war zone, and his friend has gone missing.

Comet's only lead is a smart-mouthed criminal he finds amid the mess. His name's Buzz Howdy. He's a con man and a hacker and deserves to be in jail. Or in handcuffs, at least. The only thing the two have in common is JT. Unless you count the steamy glances they're sneaking at one another. They have those in common too. But that just makes Comet all the more wary.

Despite their mutual distrust, they'll have to work together to rescue JT before a cyborg assassin gets to him first. Racing down a miserable stretch of road called Apocalypse Alley, they must dodge radioactive spiders, a lonely cannibal, and a killer Buick. They also try to dodge each other. That last bit doesn't work out so well.

Title: Dream
Series: Aisling Trilogy, 2
Author(s): Carole Cummings
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: DSPP Publications

Genre: Romantic Elements / Gay / Fantasy / 


Blurb: Aisling Trilogy: Book Two

To reveal the intricate machinations threatening them, two men must learn to trust each other. But how can they, when their hearts and minds—their realities—are subject to manipulation?

When he set out to escort the prisoner Wilfred Calder back to Putnam, Constable Dallin Brayden didn’t anticipate the political betrayal and malicious magic threatening their lives at every turn. To his surprise, he slips into the role of protector—and it’s more than duty compelling him to ensure Wil’s safety as they’re haunted by strange dreams. But does Wil dare put himself in the hands of a man he believes wants him dead?

Wil’s past weighs heavily on him, tainting his perceptions as he struggles his way through a tangle of lies. With both will and magic as his weapons, he fights desperately for survival—and his soul. For the Aisling is coveted by more than the Guild and the Brethren; ancient gods and soul-eating spirits also want what lives within him. His only chance might be Dallin and his goddess, the Mother, who Wil has been taught to despise above all others.

Title: Corambis
Series: (Doctrine Of Labyrinths Book 4)
Author(s): Sarah Monette
Length: 444 pages

Genre: Non-Romance / Gay MC / Fantasy

Note: So this series has become a personal quest of mine. It was on a GR list for best Fantasy with Gay MC. It's out of print and the publisher isn't offering any of them except this one on kindle (and the price! OMG) I even checked with my library and they only had the last two books in the series. So I've been searching second hand stores for them and finally purchased all four... So now, I have to read them since I went through all that to get them. LOL

Blurb: The spellbinding conclusion to the brilliant fantasy series by the author of The Mirador and Mélusine.

Exiled from Mélusine for the crime of heresy, the once powerful Cabaline wizard Felix Harrowgate and his half-brother Mildmay, former cat-burglar and assassin, journey to Corambis to face judgment from a ruling body of wizards. Corambis, however, is a land plagued by civil strife. Kay Brightmore, the Margrave of Rothmarlin, is part of an insurrection to restore the monarchy in the southern half of the country. In desperation, Kay and his rebels seek out the engine of Summerdown, an ancient magical device rumored to have terrible powers. Once the engine is awakened, only a powerful wizard can stop its awesome potential for destruction. Felix and Mildmay arrive just in time for their greatest challenge-and ultimate destiny...

Title: Guardian of Magic
Author(s): Dominique Frost
Length: 115 pages
Publisher: LooseId

Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Magic / Urban Fantasy / 


Blurb: When a god falls in love with a mortal, the entire world begins to change.

Guardian of Magic is a passionate paranormal romance with a dash of magic.

Brady is a witch without a familiar, which means that he can’t get a witchery license to practice magic professionally. Just when he’s about to give up on his dream job, he finally does get a familiar, but the little black cat that chooses him is far more than it appears.

Brady’s ordinary-seeming familiar is in fact a god in disguise, an ancient guardian of magic named Malachai who has been watching Brady for a long time...and is determined to make Brady his.

When Malachai asks Brady to become his eternal companion, Brady must decide between the freedom of being a mortal or the burden of immortality. Will immortality be worth it for a love that will last forever?

Title: Dragon's Gift
Series: (The Dragon's Gift Trilogy Book 1)
Author(s): Jasmine Walt, May Sage
Length:  pages
Publisher: Dynamo Press (October 6, 2017)

Genre: Reverse Harem Fantasy Romance

Note: There's a story behind this purchase. WTF is Reverse Harem? I followed a conversation on FB last week and I still don't know what it is. Are the guys sex slaves? If they are tied to her against their will? (then it's not a romance.) Are all three or four intimate with each other and not just the female MC, making the romance equal among all parties? Is this just another way of saying menage because for some reason they don't want to have it labeled as menage or bisexual or poly? Posh! So I decided that I would find out what Reverse Harem meant and bought a couple of different titles, this being one of them.

Blurb: Three dragons. One woman. A reverse harem fantasy that will leave you breathless and begging for more...

Dareena Sellis is a nobody. The orphaned daughter of a no-name farmer, she toils away as a serving girl at Hallowdale Inn, her only marriage prospects either shipping off to war, or pawing at her skirts with their grubby, gnarled hands.

But fate takes a strange turn the day a dragon huntress comes to town. Suddenly, Dareena is swept off to Dragon’s Keep, trading in her raggedy dresses for silken gowns, her closet-sized room for feather pillows and spacious gardens, and her miserable suitor for three very handsome, very virile dragon princes.

For Dareena is not a nobody. She is the Dragon’s Gift—the one woman chosen by the gods every century to bear children for the future king of Dragonfell.

Despite her pre-ordained path, Dareena’s fate is far from certain. The crown has not given birth to more than one son in nearly a thousand years, and the line of succession is far from clear. Neither of the princes are willing to cede Dareena to the other, and yet she must choose. For the enemy is knocking on Dragonfell’s door, and Dareena’s decision could either mean the kingdom’s salvation…

…or annihilation.

Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of this scorching hot reverse harem romance. Scroll up and start reading today!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a TRUE reverse harem romance, NOT a love triangle. Expect to see danger, intrigue, hot sex, strong language, and fire-breathing dragons between the pages of this book. For 18+ readers. You have been warned!

Title: The Contestant
Series: The Contestant, 1
Author(s): Myra Song
Length: 139 pages
Publisher: Now and Wren Publishing (August 10, 2016)

Genre: Romance / Bisexual / MMF / Contemporary /

Note: This was not labeled as reverse harem but straight up MMF Romance. There are three books in this series.

Blurb: Mallory

I'm one girl. A girl who likes to pretend that she's someone else. Who likes to hide from a world who won't let her.

I'm one celebrity. I won a show by losing a bunch of weight. If I'd known the price of winning, I never would have played. Now my body, which has regained some of its former curves, is under a microscope. It feels like my identity is tied solely to the number on a scale.

It was one wrong number. I pretended to be someone I'm not and now? Now I'm in deep with two guys. Deep in lust and deep in trouble.

Jacob and Ares

We're two guys. Two fabulously rich, self-made friends.

We share a dark past. We share an apartment now, and a business we've put our backs and hearts into. We're going to share a future. When we see Mallory, with her vibrant red hair and delicious, curvy body, everything we have is at risk. Can we share a woman?

Two personalities. Jacob is a storm, dark and churning. He's a powderkeg, ready to blow. Ares is relaxed, golden like the summer sun. Cross him? He'll freeze you out. Two minds at odds, yet forever linked.

Three lives thrown together. Three mouths greedily seeking passion. Six hands that can't get enough. Twenty toes peeking out from covers. A hundred reasons why this is a bad idea.

Title: Covet
Author(s): Yolande Kleinn
Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publisghin

Genre: Romance / Gay / Poly / Contemporary / 


Blurb: Jack Mason—graphic designer and unrepentant player—has never been interested in monogamy. He certainly isn’t looking for romance when he meets Professor Colin Sloan.

Newly single and not looking for anything serious, Colin is intrigued by Jack’s offer of a physical affair with no strings attached. Becoming friends wasn’t part of the plan, but as accidents go, this one’s pretty great.

Peter Mason is Jack’s identical twin. In a long-term relationship himself, Peter tells no one that he’s falling for his brother’s newest favorite, even as the secret creates tension with his girlfriend.

When Peter’s relationship falls apart, he seduces Colin, fully expecting Jack to forgive his transgression. But Jack is keeping secrets too—he hasn't told even Colin that he’s fallen in love. Suddenly the twins are feuding, and Colin is caught in the middle, blindsided by the revelation that he doesn’t want to choose between them.

Now all three must find a way to share, or they’ll tear each other apart.

Title: Angel Fever
Series: Of Heaven and Earth
Author(s): May Ridge
Length: 67 pages
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Urban Fantasy / 


Blurb: Angels and priests share the running of the country and tensions are high between the two species. Malachi, a prodigy healer angel, has been searching his whole life to find his mother. He enlists the help of the orphanage priest, Tobias, who decides to help when none of Malachi's records even mention a mother, and it seems someone wants to keep her identity a secret...

Thank you for stopping by and reading!!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

#PactDays : Chi-Lin #ValespianPact

Welcome to Thursday's Pact Days! Today, we have the Chi-Lin.

From Alpha Trine and Striker, the psi-healer Madux Manx is Chi-Lin. He'll have his own book, Boundless, a little down the road. Star Eater is smitten with him. There is a lot of mystery around his people so I had to be careful with this file so that I didn't give away spoilers for Madux and Star Eater's story.

A couple of side notes: I'm placing these in alphabetical order so I won't unintentionally place importance on any specie. I will leave off information on the species that will spoil future books. My standard sheet has the same categories for all species. So there will be blank categories just because that species didn't need them.


Species: Chi-Lin
Planet: Amicron II
Other races on the planet:
Planetary Terrain: Forest, Jungle, Mountains, Seas
Capitol: Caith
Patron Ryo Pardeep

Description: Iron based blood. Height is 6 feet to 9 feet tall. Feline race with remarkably human features. Only fur on their body is their hair/mane. Hands and feet are humanoid. Strong retractable claws. Good night vision, superior hearing, keen sense of smell, stealthy.

80% of the population have psionic abilities which keeps them from becoming ritual magicians.

Chi-Lin are territorial with high inner-species aggression.

A large percentage of psi abilities centers on healing, tracking, hyper, and telepathy. Less than 2% are empathic. While only a very few don't have psi ability, they are not ostracized because of the lack. Instead they are protected and are often mediators. A low percentage of Chi-Lin have a wider psi ability outside the norm.

They have ritualized combat to deal with honor issues. Strict codes of personal honor.

There are 11 (eleven) males to every female. Their technology is highly psi based.

Questions from the Facebook Group:

QuestionIs it supposed to be "Keeps FROM" ? Wouldn't psionic abilities HELP them become ritual shamans?

"80% of the population have psionic abilities which keeps them from becoming ritual magicians."

Answer: There are three Mentalist categories: Psionics, Ritual Magician (Weaver), and Elementalist. 

A Psionic's body produces a great amount of energy which their mind can manipulate. This is why if a psi goes to the Battion homeworld they have to have protection, otherwise they get terribly sick/dead. They are cut off from a vital part of themselves, the energy. 

Ritual Magicians (aka Ritual Weavers) do not produce energy but can utilize energy in certain crystals like the above mentioned M'Cathaian Crystals. Items like these crystals put out an energy Weavers can see, and through ritual weave to perform "magic". They often use their weaving for defense and protection. Abechan, the Shia'Marr on the Oethra 7 is a Ritual Magician. These weavers can also be found on Catalan, and the GyrFalconi homeworld. Those are also the homeworlds that have something similar to the M'Cathaian Crystals. 

The third Mentalist ability is Elementalist. They can see and manipulate the energy caused by elements like fire and water. 

So to answer your question, someone who is psi can only manipulate their own body's energy. Their abilities are different from a Ritual Magician in not only how/what energy they handle but in what they are able to do. They can be one or the other, they cannot be both. :)

Additional Info revealed for the question: There is a story behind the term "ritual magician". It came from the 20 Year War. When the humans fought against the dreaded Shia'Marr, the zealots looked at the Shia'Marr's dino-like bodies and their ability to create shimmering shields and other things, they dubbed the Shia'Marr demons and their ability as 'magic'. There is a faction of certain psi who sneer at the 'weaker' abilities of Weavers, thinking Weavers are inferior, and use Ritual Magician as a slur against Weavers. A portion of the Chi-Lin population carries this bigotry.

Common Occupation: psi-healer, hunter, imperial guard, pilot, engineer, trooper, ecologist

Government Systems: Queendom

Current Leader: Evreax Quix 

Council of Neighn of Member: Rheax Omphalox

Allies: Gaziniti, Ryo'Pardeep, Battion, Asani, Conti'Quan, Erdaian, Giante, Wolfine, L'Eema, Chtichlian, Orion, Ryden, Shia'Marr, Syrryn

Star System: Pergoni Solar System

Other planets occupied by species:

Military Leader:

Cultural names and terms specific to species:

Aye – Yes
Bumbee – Bad Fairies
Comeover – non-native
Middlin – tolerable
Skeet – gossip
Broogh – steep bank
Lhergy – high waistland
Cronk – hill
Bollan bane – mugwort
Bonnag – flat cakebread made with dried friut
Brabbag - warm the backs of your legs by the fire
Claddagh – land by the river
Crosh bollan – mouthbone of the ballan wrasse worn as a charm
Cruinnaght – cultural gathering
Dub – small hollow, pool, damp area
Ellan vannin – Isle of Mann
Farrain – hogwee
Keck – animal dung
Tramman – elder tree
Moaney – peatland
Mhelliah – harvest festival
Moal – literally slow, but used in the sense of ill
Jough – a drink
Litcheragh – lazy
Keeill – small ancient monk cell or chapel

M'Cathaian Crystals: hematite gray gem carefully cut into exotic shapes, the planes and angels meant to highlight/showcase the jagged electric blue lines. The gems look as if they have caught blue lightning in its prismed depth.

A Short History: Chi-Lin is rife with violence and territorialism. They developed psionic talent to adapt to the natural wildlife. As a consequence of the low level of empathy they gained, they stopped warring against each other because they felt each other's pain. Instead they developed a highly ritualized form of combat to deal with honor disputes and family squabbles. Male aggression was funneled into physical arts. Cities were built to be in harmony with the landscape. Their tech is psi-based and baffling to other species.

The Chi-Lin appeared on their planet, fully formed and obviously engineered. For what purpose? No non-Chi-Lin knows, and if they do, they aren't willing to say. Many speculate about where they came from. The Chi-Lin claim no knowledge of their creature—or so they say. The conversation came up again when Madux came away from the Waters of Truth on Qestaire unharmed.

Chi-Lin Names: (For future use) They always end in X

Margaux (Pearl)
Nox (god of night)
Obax (flower)
Obelix (pillar of strength)
Syrinx (water reed)
Amoux (eagle wolf)
Antrix (space, sky)
Arax (dau of king)
Bax (cheer, joy)
Calbex (shephard)
Calix (very handsome)
Cantrix (singer)
Ceyx (husband of Alcyone)
Chuslum-Moxmox (yellow bull, Nez Perce)
Dux (leader)
Eryx (son of Poseidon)
Fomax (goddess of bread)
Forfax (angel of astronomy)
Harbax (god given)
Inyx (spell)
Johanax (bestower of the world)
Kayarax (ancestor of King Kay-Khosraw)
La Roux (red head)

Chi-Lin Temple of… (??)

High Priestess: Calix Lynx

Thank you for stopping by and reading!!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

What's On The Reading Radar #Wish'Lst #TBR

What am I doing? Well, for the first half of the week I worked on edits for Caledonia Destiny. It is a manuscript that has been sitting my computer for a long time. I sent it to an editor and she retuirned the first half of the edits to me at the beginning of the month. 

The last part of the week, I've been working on Bespoken while preparing for a visit from my niece. She and her husband are moving across country and will be spending a couple of days with us. I haven't worked on Mestor and Sohm'lan's novella but I'll put aside time next week to see if I can't knock that out.

I'm putting together a list of flash fictions. I want to do one for Ariafella but I'm not sure where I want to start with her. I'm still mulling over her background and what exactly drew Azaes to her. 

As for reading, I've been re-reading Laurel K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry series and the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I'm several books behind on BDB and decided to re-read some of my favorites first. I'm on Rhage's book and I'd forgotten how much I liked his story. :) I'm also reading KA Merikan's We Met In Death. It's marked at dark romance, which I usually avoid but I been searching for something different to read and decided to give it a go. It is not as dark as I expected. There's some back and forth angst which is expected because one MC is in denial.

Title: The Leopard
Series: Marakand, 1
Author(s): KV Johansen
Length: 432
Publisher: Pyr (June 10, 2014)

Genre: Non-Romantic / LGBT characters / Epic Fantasy / Dragons & Mythical Creatures / Action & Adventure / 

Notes: There is something about this cover...


Ahjvar, the assassin known as the Leopard, wants only to die, to end the curse that binds him to a life of horror. Although he has no reason to trust the goddess Catairanach or her messenger Deyandara, fugitive heir to a murdered tribal queen, desperation leads him to accept her bargain: if he kills the mad prophet known as the Voice of Marakand, Catairanach will free him of his curse. Accompanying him on his mission is the one person he has let close to him in a lifetime of death, a runaway slave named Ghu. Ahj knows Ghu is far from the half-wit others think him, but in Marakand, the great city where the caravan roads of east and west meet, both will need to face the deepest secrets of their souls, if either is to survive the undying enemies who hunt them and find a way through the darkness that damns the Leopard.

To Marakand, too, come a Northron wanderer and her demon verrbjarn lover, carrying the obsidian sword Lakkariss, a weapon forged by the Old Great Gods to bring their justice to the seven devils who escaped the cold hells so long before.

Title: His Mossy Boy
Series: Beings In Love
Author(s): R. Cooper
Length: 685 page
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Paranormal / 

Notes: holy cow! 685 pages?!!

Blurb: Years ago, a very intoxicated Martin nearly died in the woods outside Everlasting, and a beautiful creature saved him, although Martin’s done his best to forget it. He spends his time in a haze of weed as he avoids his emotionally abusive mother—and the way he feels about men. Martin is already a weirdo in his isolated small town; he doesn’t need a sexuality crisis too. He’s a mess, but someone—or something—always seems to take care of him, usually a tall, sarcastic deputy by the name of Ian Forrester.

No one knows much about Ian, which is how he and his family prefer it. Ian has resigned himself to a lonely life keeping his secrets and guarding his forest. It’s safe to dream of Martin, because Martin never remembers Ian helping him. Besides, Martin barely speaks to Ian, so nothing can ever grow between them. Right?

But with the dragons—and the magic—back in Everlasting, suddenly anything seems possible, even a happily ever after for two men who never expected one....

Title: Late in the Day
Series: (The Vault Book 2)
Author(s): Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Contemporary / Badassery / 

Notes: releases the 30th. I'm so excited for this!!!


Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne. The Vault. Juggling all these names would bother some, but for Darius, it’s business as usual. When he closes a chapter in his life, he leaves a name—and the people associated with it—behind. He’s managed to keep a few colleagues, even fewer friends, and no companionship through his forty-plus years… but that’s now changing.

The newest chapter of his life is bringing serious change: a stable home, a recovered identity, an unlikely family, and now a chance encounter with the one man Darius ever loved: Efrem Lahm. The reasons they parted are still valid, and there’s no way they can trust each other. But Efrem has already decided he won’t let Darius go… and Darius will have to decide if he wants to take a chance with his heart this late in the day.

Title: My Dark Knight
Series: Kings of Hell MC, 2
Author(s): K.A. Kerikan
Length: 438 pages

Genre:  Romance / Gay / MMM / Ghost MC / Paranormal /


Blurb: Love or hate. Life or death. No in-between. No compromise. No rules in love and war.

Knight. Party monster. Handsome Savage. Doesn’t do monogamy.
Elliot. Obsessive. Intense. Uncompromising.

Newly single, Knight is done with relationships. All he's interested in is bringing down The Count, an Internet personality who is tarnishing his family name. An opportunity to crush him comes when the audacious clown shows up at the Kings of Hell MC clubhouse to film for his YouTube channel. But when Knight meets Elliot, the man behind The Count, he no longer knows what to do with him.

Knight has never seen a more pathetic creature than Elliot. He’s also never met anyone who needed him more. Skinny, messed up, and a bucket of trouble as thick as tar, everything Elliot does seems to be a wordless death wish. No matter how much Knight hates Elliot’s alter ego, under the makeup and theatrics hides a fragile young guy with a passion for history, and Knight can’t help but catch Elliot every time he falls.

Elliot has bad taste in men. Always hopelessly attracted to violent brutes, his favorite is a long dead serial killer. But he gets more than he’s bargained for when he seizes an opportunity to meet the man of his dreams. The ghost is manipulative and dangerous, offering Elliot all he’s always wanted, for a price he can’t possibly pay.

Elliot is faced with an impossible choice between two men.
One alive, one dead.
One carnal and honest, one drizzling sweet, poisoned promises into his ear.
One unwilling to commit, the other promising an eternity together.
And Elliot doesn’t settle for half-measures. He craves a love that is all or nothing, passion that will consume him, and desire to burn him alive.
Elliot is ready to either get that, or die trying.

Title: Bound by Thorns
Series: (The Dragon Soul Series)
Author(s): Sean Michael
Length: 223 pages
Publisher: Carina Press

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Paranormal / 


Blurb: Meet the Beteferoce brothers: five dragon shifters, each with a strong elemental power. And each with a fierce desire to find his soul mate… 

Park ranger Luke Beteferoce likes the quiet of the forest—a place he can be alone. The dragon shifter keeps himself busy maintaining his territory in the park…that is, until he meets ex-soldier Greyson Paulson. Suddenly, Luke finds himself thinking of all sorts of scenarios that involve Greyson. And with the kind of tension he’s feeling, hot, sweaty, nonkinky sex is only the beginning.

While he’s perfectly fine being left alone, Greyson finds he enjoys the company of the bossy yet tender park ranger. Soon, trying to fight the heat between them is a losing battle: he’s ready to give in to the irresistible lust he feels for Luke. Greyson may not be ready to completely submit, but he still can’t stop himself from following every command Luke whispers his way.

Luke hasn’t felt this kind of connection and satisfaction with anyone ever before, leading him to discover Greyson’s marked as his mate. But with Greyson battling his own limitations and lack of experience, it’s going to take Luke more than hours-long hot sex to convince Greyson to stay and accept his destiny.

Book three in the Dragon Soul series

This book is approximately 73,000 words

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

Title: A Single Heartbeat
Author(s): Morgan Elektra
Length: 46 pages

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Enemies to Lovers / Vampires / Paranormal /


Blurb: Nature made them adversaries, but one glance ignites a lust stronger than the need for blood.

After 200 years, the nightlife has lost its allure for Reese. A leader among his kind, owner of a nightclub that serves as a banquet of nubile flesh and hot blood, he is bored out of his mind.

His heart hasn't stirred in over a century.

Born to a line of vampire hunters, Will ventures out every day after dark to track down those creatures who have crossed the line from feeding to murder, and destroy them.

All he wants is one night off to drink and dance and maybe get laid.

Too bad it's not his lucky night. Or maybe it is?

Not even witnessing Will stake one of his brethren is enough to quell the lust that Reese feels from his first glimpse of the gorgeous hunter. And though Will knows how dangerous it could be to take the sensual invitation in Reese's dark eyes, he can't resist.

Why fight when they could fuck instead?

Title: The Tiger King
Series: (Paladin Shifters Book 1)
Author(s): Patricia Logan
Length: 238 pages

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Fantasy / Shifters / 


Blurb: Damiano Satriale is hiding a deep dark secret, one that he’s had to cloak from the scent of other shifters all his life. Should anyone pick up on the vibrations of his royal bloodline, it will be the end of him. Ordered to the court of King Fain, monarch to all large cat shifters, the assignment leaves a bad taste in Dami’s mouth. The last thing he ever wanted or needed was the scrutiny that will come while serving as Paladin Primero, the king’s champion and most fearsome warrior knight. To top it all off, Dami is greeted by none other than his mate, someone he’d hoped never to meet. 

Paget Jureaux, the panther who runs King Fain’s household, has been serving the monarch for nearly five years after the coup which resulted in the execution of the former king, Pasha Raab. He’s made lots of acquaintances and a few friends, but he’s never had any romantic entanglements. With no other gay cats around, there hasn’t been much chance for Paget to fall in love. When his mate arrives in the form of the king’s new paladin, he curses his fate. Not only does the man come with a vicious and cruel reputation, but a stunning face and an incredibly sexy body.

Thrown together by destiny, the two realize they must avoid each other at all costs and face the biggest challenge of their lives… trying to stay alive long enough… to walk away with broken hearts.

Title: Recoil 
Author(s): Evelyn Drake

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Contemporary / Foster Brothers / Detective / Mystery / 


Blurb: Detective Tobias Sohbier spent his childhood between several foster homes, and the only time he found peace was when he fell in love with one of his foster brothers. It didn't last. His brother died, and Tobias went off the rails until he finally turned his life around. Now he's a homicide detective, and finds vengeance his own way. He's still broken, but the job hides it well.

Kyle Rivers is a bouncer on the run from his past. When his parents found out he'd fallen in love with the kid they took in, they kicked Tobias out and condemned Kyle to a living hell, trapped in his own basement while they tried to "fix" him. They told him Tobias was dead. They kept Kyle like a dirty secret. Now that he's free, he's found that Tobias is alive... But he doesn't know how to reach out.

A murder at Kyle's club brings them together, and as the body count racks up, so does Tobias' guilt and grief. Kyle, meanwhile, can't deal with the truth that all the conversion therapy in the world, all the women he's slept with, didn't change who he really is. Tobias is his first and only love.

If only he weren't the prime suspect in Tobias' investigation...

Recoil is a standalone M/M nail-biting romance about two damaged men who have loved and lost, and must learn to love again.

Title: Incubus Caged
Series: The Incubus Series, 1
Author(s): AH Lee
Length: 281 pages 
Publisher: Pavonine Books (August 21, 2017)

Genre:  Romance / MMF / Besexual / Urban Fantasy / 


Blurb: A clever woman. A powerful incubus. A sorcerer who has finally made a mistake.

When Jessica volunteered as tribute to a sorcerer's court, she knew that sex would be part of her job. However, she did not expect Lord Azrael to "feed" her to his pet incubus on her first day at work. She's shocked that the incubus--a shapeshifting panther--can take the form of a man. She's shocked that they have an audience. She's even more shocked that she likes it. When the show is over, Jessica is sent off to new adventures, but she can't stop thinking about him.

Mal, the incubus, can't stop thinking about Jessica, either. Their liaison has revealed secrets about her--secrets that even Jessica doesn't know. Mal will stop at nothing to escape from Azrael and kill him. He thinks he may be able to use Jessica to do it. However, he is rapidly developing feelings for her that he doesn't understand. Even his relationship with Azrael is changing. Can an incubus fall in love? And what will happen when he is forced to choose between love and revenge?

The Incubus Series is an MMF bisexual shifter romance with lots of steamy scenes. Adults only.

Title: Quinn's Destiny
Series: (A Companion's Tale Book 1)
Author(s): Emily Jean
Length: 224 pages

Genre:  Erotic Romance / Fantasy / Paranormal / Action & Adventure /


Blurb: Never Question, always obey.
The world is cruel for a companion whose sole purpose is to fight beside his warlock masters in the heat of war.

A war that rages between warlock and vampire.

A companion must be their mater's shield as well as their submissive, and a warrior who chooses otherwise will receive a cold-blooded punishment. Quinn is a companion who serves his master in any way that he desires, and always without question. Specifically created by the warlocks from a combination of magic and life essence to win the war, Quinn is the perfect companion to use in order to gain the upper hand against their blood sucking enemies.

But when Quinn's master perishes from a vampire attack, he finds that the warlocks no longer have a use for him, and Quinn is left with a choice. Run, or be disposed of like his brothers and sisters before him.

The world is cruel for a companion who chooses to run away, but when an enticing and dangerous vampire begins hunting Quinn for answers he may or may not be able to fulfill, his fate dangles by a thread. 

Will he choose to escape the clutches of the warlocks and try to survive on his own? Or will his submissive nature take over and let the warlocks choose his destiny for him, putting an end to his freedom and the vampire who seeks him?

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